ERIC Number: ED072788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Two Fineless Years, A History, Analysis, and Evaluation.
Meyer, Robert S.
The purpose of this study is to summarize and evaluate the Alameda County, California library system's two years of operation under a no-fines policy and a centralized overdues facility, leading to recommendations for future action. The objectives of the study are to: (1) present an historical summary of the changes in the library policies and procedures regarding fines and overdue materials, along with the reasoning that led to those changes; (2) assess the effects of the new policies and procedures on library operations, including costs, circulation of materials, and relationships with patrons; and (3) evaluate suggested changes in those policies and procedures, including the possible reinstatement of the former policy on fines, and to develop recommendations for future action. After discussing the various purposes for which libraries have instituted fines, and the arguments that have been offered for abolishing them, the major portion of the report deals with the actual effects of operating under a no-fines policy, in six categories: use of the library, the library's collection, the library's clientele, fairness to patrons, the library's image and role, and the costs of library operation. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alameda County Library System, Hayward, CA.
Authoring Institution: Meyer (Robert S.) and Associates, Walnut Creek, CA.
Note: (76 References)